Sunday, May 9, 2021

Yakuza Combat Will Forward Be Turn-Based Going

Following the reveal of Lost Judgment, an interview with Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio director Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa has surfaced on IGN. Lost Judgment brings Ryu Ga Gotoku back to its action-combat roots, leaving many fans to wonder if that meant the Yakuza series would also return to that style following last year's Yakuza: Like a Dragon.Speaking to IGN, Nagoshi and Hosokawa confirmed that the Judgment series will carry on the studio's action style of gameplay, while Yakuza will continue to evolve as a turn-based RPG. "The Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG," they told IGN. "On the other hand, over the years, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgment." Yakuza: Like a Dragon's turn-based combat Romain Mahut of GameBlog was in attendance at a virtual "Judgment Day" event that followed the Lost Judgment reveal and asked if the studio considered using turn-based combat similar to that of Yakuza: Like a Dragon for Lost Judgment. "For Yakuza: Like a Dragon, we changed the game's battle system from action into a turn-based RPG," Nagoshi said in response. "This was a huge challenge for us, but it was well-received, which we were thrilled to hear. We did discuss the possibility of developing that battle system further for our next title, and while we may pursue the turn-based system even outside the Yakuza series, the conclusion we ended up at was that because this is a different series, the best approach would be to keep them separate and refine what makes each series great. It's my hope that our customers feel the same way we do. That's why we chose 'action' as an important keyword for the Judgment series.  Nagoshi also said on the Judgment Day video he believes that, when possible, a simultaneous global launch is "the right way to go" and that the team has "determined to make every effort to support this for all [its] games moving forward." This is significant as the Yakuza series has a long tradition of Western versions releasing years after the Japanese version. Following the success of Yakuza 0 in the West, the release windows have narrowed, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which debuted last year, still had a 10-month gap between the Japanese and worldwide releases. Lost Judgment's action-oriented combat Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, while Lost Judgment comes to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 24. For more on what we thought about Yakuza: Like a Dragon, check out our review here. For more on the history of the Yakuza series, read our retrospective featuring interviews with Nagoshi and other members of the team here. For more information on Nagoshi's career, you can read our profile on him here. [Source: IGN, Sega of America on YouTube]

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    Sony Announces Partnership With Discord

    Just a couple weeks hence, a buzzing report stated that Microsoft was conducting $10 billion acquisition talks with Discord. However, the problem came to an abrupt close, with Discord ending all acquisition talks with outside parties reportedly. Today, a surprise announcement from Sony CEO and President, Jim Ryan reveals that Discord has forged a partnership indeed. Year beginning early next, Discord’s widely-used communication services will be built-into the PlayStation social experience.

    In a post published on the Sony Interactive Entertainment website, Ryan dove in to the importance of the brand new agreement with Discord and how both companies share similar socially-focused philosophies: 

    At PlayStation, we’re constantly searching for new methods to enable players round the global world for connecting collectively, form new communities and friendships, and share fun experiences and lasting memories. It’s in this spirit that excited to announce a fresh partnership with Discord we’re, month all over the world the communication service popularized by gamers and utilized by a lot more than 140 million people every…From our initial conversation with co-founders Jason Stan and Citron Vishnevskiy, I was inspired by their lifelong love for gaming and our teams’ shared passion to greatly help bring friends and communities together in new ways. Empowering players to generate communities and revel in shared gaming experiences reaches the center of what we do, so we have been beyond excited to start out this journey with among the world’s hottest communication services.

    Ryan also stated that Discord will undoubtedly be arriving at PlayStation consoles and also the mobile app at some time early next year, meaning that you’ll have the ability to talk to friends easier than previously.

    Furthermore, Ryan announced that Sony has made a minority investment into Discord’s Series H round. The move demonstrates&nbsp further;the company’s financial stake in Discord’s future. 

    I, for just one, am looking towards finally playing crossplay titles with my PC friends and having the ability to use my headset to talk to them while also hearing the in-game audio. It could also be pretty cool to start out Spotify listening parties with friends while on PlayStation, but we’ll need to wait and see if that feature is in the cards.

    How will you experience the Sony-Discord partnership? Searching to the PlayStation communications reconstruction/overhaul forward? Tell us down in the comments section!

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